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Zac Goldsmith Defended Voting For ESA WRAG Cut By Saying It Is Not Simply A Cut

March 30, 2016

This is slightly old, readers, but sometimes, old is gold.

Zac Goldsmith has defended his decision to vote for cuts to disability benefit, after being forced to step down as patron of a Richmond charity.

The Richmond Park MP was asked to resign from his role of patron to Richmond Advice and Information on Disability (Richmond AID) after voting for cuts which could mean £1,500 less a year for those claiming the benefits.

Mr Goldsmith said the philosophy behind the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) was that people are best helped by being enabled to get back into work.

The Conservative mayoral candidate said: “It is not just simply a cut, there is a new government fund which will be up to £100m which is specifically to help people get back to work.

Readers, Same Difference has to wonder: If such a fund has been set up, how hard will it be to successfully apply for support from it? As hard as the current system of hardship payments, which JobCentre advisers are told in training not to mention?

Even more worryingly, Zac Goldsmith seems to be among the group of MPs who were told that people in the WRAG can work.

People with these conditions.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 30, 2016 11:48 am

    Reblogged this on Christopher John Ball and commented:
    Zac Goldsmith has repeatedly vote for policies that have impacted upon disabled people and carers. There is no way that this disabled Londoner and carer would lend his vote to Zac Goldsmith as Mayor. I simply would not trust him to alter the Freedom pass – for example. Yes, he may say that he wouldn’t abolish it but he could change its terms etc. I wouldn’t trust Zac Goldsmith to look to access needs. Based upon his voting record in the House of Commons; I simply couldn’t trust him at all. I believe many disabled Londoners may well feel the same as I and his appalling record could cost him the Mayor.

  2. Florence permalink
    March 30, 2016 2:20 pm

    The campaign to eject Tories from charities has been one of the most successful yet in highlighting the simple fact that they are liars, and they want self-aggrandising publicity off the backs of the sick, disabled and poor while voting to keep them in hardship.

    It sends a simple message to all those who were thinking of voting for the individual. We all “know” that the whole of the Tory MPs voted for these cuts but people sometimes are not able to join the dots.

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